Archive for ‘Men’s Style’

September 26, 2012

3 Men’s Autumn Winter Trends You Need to Know

by laurenlux

Want to stay up to speed in the style stakes? We’ve picked three of the season’s key menswear trends to help you get ahead of the game.

1. Into the Blue

From inky shades of ultramarine at Paul Smith and Acne to bright cobalt tones at Ann Demeulemeester, the mood this season is definitely blue. Wear it head-to-toe to hit the sartorial nail on the head or invest in luxury separates to bring your current wardrobe up to date.

From left to right: Ann Demeulemeester, Acne

From left to right: Ann Demeulemeester, Alexander McQueen

2. Second Skin

Making an appearance at all the top designer shows, leather is the hot ticket for autumn/winter. No longer just about the jacket, designers went cowhide-crazy as Yves Saint Laurent’s leather suit proves. For a more wearable way to work the trend, look out for leather lapels and panel detailing on coats, jumpers, jackets and bags.

From left to right: Hermes, Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Smith

3. Check Mate

From plaid to argyle to tartan, checks are big news this season. Take a leaf out of Vivienne Westwood’s book and choose smart tailoring in contrasting colour or keep it cool and casual and let a plaid shirt update your weekend wardrobe.

From left to right: Lanvin, D Squared, Vivienne Westwood

August 9, 2012

Stockholm Syndrome

by laurenlux

My recent awareness of being part-swedish (hard to believe, I know), combined with my undying love for Acne Studios, gave me a serious craving to go to Stockholm. Being the jetsetter that I am, I felt it was imminent to my title  and reputation as a travel freak to follow through on this craving. Well – I am now obsessed with all things Swedish. The food, people, architecture, night-life, fashion, you name it. You could probably tell me something is Swedish just to make me love it.

I think the best part of my experience in Sweden was seeing the Acne Studios Flagship store and hearing all about it’s history. It was an utter shock to me to find out just how influential the story is. The Acne Flagship store on Norrmalmstorg is one of the most famous buildings in Sweden. Formerly a branch of Kreditbanken, this was where the 1973 bank heist took place which introduced the world to Stockholm Syndrome – a psychological phenomenon where hostages grow empathetic towards their captors. What used to be the vaults are now storerooms where Acne stocks their beautiful denim range (see below). Needless to say, I purchased 3 pairs (among too many other things) during my visit to the store. Overall, it was a wonderful experience seeing the store, and finding out that the hostages and their captors still pop in for a visit from time to time. The staff at Acne were absolutely wonderful (as is everyone in Stockholm) – they gave us useful recommendations on where eat, party, and just hang. I highly recommend visiting Riche for a meal/night out.

Up at 8am for a day full of shopping at the Acne Flagship store (wearing sunnies mainly to hide how tired I was)

Some of their S/S12 range (it was May when I went so they were still showing this)

Definite favourite of mine in their footwear collection for S/S12

Acne has essentially made the design of their store around the architecture of the original building

Love the pillars

The wonderfully dynamic yet minimal denim collection

More shoes

Snowdon Blue Collection


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April 5, 2012

Pure Shores (or maybe shoes)

by laurenlux

HERE WE GO! Street Style Thursday, in celebration of the long weekend. What are all your plans? I’m starting mine off with some ridiculously good (anti-regime) food at Meat Liquor in Mayfair… i.e. burgers, chips, onion rings, chili dogs, and pretty much every type of fried goodness that comes to mind. YUM. Who doesn’t love a heart attack in a meal? Anyway, back to the style of the streets. Streets of Brick Lane that is (duh). Let’s look to these people for inspiration this weekend:

These guys are just kewl. Nuff said.

Blue hair. HELLO.

Happiness is a warm gun. Same with this killer coat.

Tom Ford sunnies & Levi’s acid wash denim shirt

This hair is cray.

All photos taken in Brick Lane.

March 29, 2012

Accessorize your accessories: Hats & Shoes for Boyz

by laurenlux

It’s all about accessories. Hats & Shoes are two elements of fashion that can make you stand out from the crowd while still wearing fairly minimalistic clothing. I think I just made up a word, but I like it. My made-up term derives from minimalism which, in fashion terms happens when simple combines with luxury to create an elegant, pared-down chic effect. This particular type of style is very much in line with how I dress – simple, but still edgy, by exposing the essence of clothing through the elimination of non-essential forms. I often wear very plain pieces, but crazy shoes/hats/coats. Everyone that knows me knows about my sick obsession with shoes. Minimum height – 5 inches. So, see below a compilation of shoes & hats, men’s edition. Ladies, you’re next.

While you’re listening, let’s talk music. Coming up on April 14th  is a very exciting and exclusive DJ event that I will be helping out with as a photographer. My dear friend, Mike Wilson, AKA Electro/House Music DJ Mikey Wilson will be releasing his next mixtape at the trendy Coquine in South Kensington. Beats will be going until 4am with some irresistible talent alongside Mike turning the tables. Themed black, white, and red, this party is something you don’t want to miss.

Tickets are £9 and selling fast. Get yours here Stay tuned for some more on DJ Mike’s background, and samples of his music.

Rag to the Bone.. Suede & Leather Lace-ups

Opening Ceremony Desert Boots

Brilliant B-Store Derby Shoes in Mustard

Get brown and dirty with Quoddy Leather Chukka Boots

Every man needs a brown loafer. These are a good place to start.

All black everything

Suede & Leather, nothing better (Folk Armstrong Boot)

Opening Ceremony Desert Boot in brrrrrown

These are good for when you’re beachin’ it

HATS! From left to right: 1) Paul Smith Straw Hat 2) Commes des Garcons Stripe Hat 3) Paul Smith Blue Straw Hat 4) Commes des Garcons Check Hat 5) Lock & Co Hatters Tribly Hat

I LOVE BEANIES IN THE SUMMER! From L to R: 1) CHUCS Ribbed Cashmere Hat 2) Issey Miyake Beanie 3) M by MJ Beanie in Red 4) M by MJ Beanie in Blue

March 22, 2012

New Kids On the Street (Block)

by laurenlux

Ever noticed that London style is so old school? Everything reminds me of the 70’s/80’s/90’s… kinda like New Kids On the Block. Don’t tell me you’ve already forgotten that legend of a boy band. Neons, cray-cray printed jumpers, boxy hair styles, Football (American) jackets, skinny jeans, jean jackets, double denim love love love. HOWEVER, my recent goal has been to make my posts as relatable as possible. Although they say Londoners dress to be seen, and it is quite entertaining seeing just how far they go to be photographed, I’ve decided to focus on people we actually WANT to dress like + a little bit of quirk. So here ya go:

Blue & Skinny Khakis.. you can never go wrong with this combination

I have a plaid jacket just like that. Yes, I buy men’s clothing for myself. #trending

Italiano? CI! Love the runners. There’s that NKOTB hairstyle I was referring to.

Brother love. Keds love.

Blinded by the light. But wicked studded shoes. Minor quirk.

Double collar & Dessert boots

Leather sleeves? Questionable, but kinda cool.

Football (American) jacket

Red pantaloons (sp?)

Andddd that’s a wrap. For now. God I love skinny ties.

Photocreds? Me. Where/when? London Fashion Week, and obviously Brick Lane, Duh.

March 15, 2012

Spring Cleaning (essentials) for Men

by laurenlux

It’s that time again… SPRING is in the air, and not only in London this time, but Toronto too! Do you know what that means? All you men need to sock away your puffy Canada Goose jackets, kick off your Timberland boots, and make room for some color and lightweight pieces! What to expect this Spring? Even brighter neon hues, stripes, mixing of formal and informal wear, and layers. Although wearing too many trends can be a bit much, there are ways to tastefully work one at a time without foregoing the entire look. Lets start with these for now:

A wee bit of color-blocking with the Folk Paneled Cotton T-shirt

Man in Red: Acne Ribbed Cotton Shirt

J.Crew Electric Blue Cashmere Jumper

This Nudie Pique Sweatshirt is an essential neutral for any man’s closet

Ahoy! Black Fleece Striped Cotton Shirt

Lovely blue Folk Tom Cotton Shorts 

These scream Spring. Folk Slim Fit Cotton & Linen Trousers

This John Smedley yellow is not mellow.

I can’t seem to get enough Folk today. LOVE these buttons. Such a creative embellishment.. and Japanese Cotton? You can’t go wrong.

A little bit of patchwork can never hurt with the Maison Martin Margiela Denim Detail Shirt

I was recently introduced to Edwin by a close friend – pretty reasonably priced tapered jeans

Ami Woven Leather Belt – can be easily dressed up or down

Sport this with Luminox 3000 Series Watch with class

Too Kewl: Gucci Contrast Sole Shoe

March 7, 2012

Rag & Bone: Menswear Edition

by laurenlux

I have always loved Rag-and-Bone for it’s minimal yet individualistic style. This classic American brand deserves a big kudos for it’s craftsmanship, quality of materials, and fashion forward design. The typical Rag-and-Bone man is rooted deep in England’s past and has an appreciation for folksy heritage which always lies at the center of David Neville and Marcus Wainwright’s collections. This Spring brings Rag-and-Bone exciting electric yellow, blues, seafoam green, and geometric prints both seen in the menswear and womenswear collections.

Northside Duffle Coat

3/4 Placket Shirt (these are the Seafoam greens I was referring to)

Electric teal tank top

Nothing says it better than stripes with the Murrary Crew Sweater

Reasonably skinny Indigo Salvage jeans for those of you men wishing to take a risk

Splurge on a versatile pair of Hampton Desert Boots (pair with any and all of the above)

February 29, 2012

London Fashion Week Menswear Street Style Highlights

by laurenlux

There’s nothing like a man with a true sense of style. Check out these great looks that I captured during London Fashion Week for inspiration. My favorites were outside the Nicole Farhi and Burberry Prorsum shows.

This guy sure knows how to pull off Nordic flannel tights!

James Dean look will NEVER get old

Suspenders, literal bows, and thick glasses.. cool.

Fur, white frames, and mixing brown tones

Get the classy-casual look by pairing a blazer with trousers

And again..

Light washed jeans

January 6, 2012

12 Essential Men’s Winter Pieces

by laurenlux

1. A Warm Jumper

2. Topman Navy Cords

3. Nudie Straight Leg Jeans

4. Mark McNairy Leather Boots (daytime purposes)

5. Church’s Classic Brogue (for dressing up)

6. Wool Herringbone Gitman Tie

7. Paul Smith Burgundy Cable Knit Scarf

8. Pom Pom Hat from Aubin & Wills

9. Ralph Lauren Flannel Plaid Shirt
10. Acne Denim Shirt (wear with chinos or with dark denim)
11. Polo Ralph Lauren Herringbone Blazer
12. IWC Vintage Collection Watch
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